Mass data collection problems result in collective harms and private benefits thanks to the power imbalance between data-collecting companies and their users. Data trusts, a subcategory of data commons, provide independent, fiduciary stewardship of data to solve this problem. In this talk, we address the problems of mass data collection, key elements of data trusts, their connection to data privacy, and some current real-life implementations of this innovation.
We also discuss future directions that data trusts can take, including collective decision-making about how collectively produced data is used. Participants will have a clearer idea of the problems a data trust can solve and ways they could design their own data trust.
Angela RisiusOrthogonal Research and Education Lab